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Three people injured in crash involving Lextran bus

By: Tim Johnston Email
By: Tim Johnston Email

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - Monday, around 6 p.m., the intersection of North Martin Luther King Boulevard and Constitution Monday was the site of a crash that sent one car onto it's side and into a Lextran bus.

"It was just crunch, slide, crunch, slide, crunch," that's how Andy McDonald described the startling noise he heard just a short distance from his front door.

When he went to see what happened, he found a scary sight at the end of the block. He said one car was sitting in the middle of the intersection, another SUV was on its side and up against a bus.

"I was just really worried about the person in the car on it's side. There were a couple of people kneeling down talking, and I heard a ladies voice coming out of it, and that made me feel quite a bit better," said McDonald.

"Driving up on it was a little bit scary," said Lextran spokeswoman, Jill Barnett.

Police say the SUV had a mom and daughter inside and they had to be removed from the wreck by fire fighters, yet they weren't injured.

Investigators say that SUV was outbound on North Martin Luther King Boulevard when another car was crossing the intersection at Constitution. The two cars collided, sending the SUV into a bus with roughly 20 passengers on board, some of them children. A fourth car parked nearby had some damage, as well.

"Our driver was stopped at the red light, traveling inbound on Martin Luther King, from there the story gets a little jumbled," explained Barnett.

Police say there are different accounts about which car ran the red light, but one thing is clear, someone ran a red light. Police say they'll turn to the cameras on the bus for the answer.

While it looks bad, only three passengers from the bus were taken to the hospital for treatment and police say they all seemed to be minor injuries.

"I've seen accidents not nearly as bad and people get much more hurt, so it was pretty amazing," reacted McDonald.

The driver of the bus was not injured, according to Lextran. They say they will give their driver a drug test, but they clarified that it's a part of their company's policy and it's also in an effort to clear him from the equation.

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